Teaching Tips Episode 9: Nine Ways To Teach Vocabulary

In this Teaching Tips Episode, I look at Nine Ways To Teach Vocabulary for the English classroom. In this video, I attempt to share nine ways (not ten ways) to teach vocabulary in the classroom. The nine ideas include:

  1. Using Flashcards
  2. Drawing Pictures on the Whiteboard
  3. Using Word Families
  4. Matching Definitions
  5. Highlighting Wordstress
  6. Removing Vowels
  7. Teaching Common Collocations
  8. Matching Opposite and Related Words
  9. Playing Language Games
  10. THERE IS NO TEN!!! (my mistake)

What do you think is important for students when they are learning vocabulary? How do you teach vocabulary in the ESL / EFL classroom? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Previous Teaching Tips Episode: The Phonemic Chart.

Improving Spelling with Elementary Learners

Hello all. It is almost the Lunar New Year, so a huge congratulations to those readers from China and the Far East who will be commencing their celebrations soon. Today, we are looking at how to improve spelling with elementary or low-level learners, particularly if they are from an Arabic background.

It is notoriously difficult to improve or develop an Arabic learners. There are some important things you could consider incorporating in class such as unscrabbling letters to make the words, removing the vowels from words and students have to write them in words and, one of my favourite activities, using Scrabble tiles in class. Watch the video below to see how I use them in class by getting learners to review spelling and vocabulary.

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